A chat with the nation

Michael Barone:

George W. Bush will speak to the nation tonight about what is happening in Iraq, and what will happen next in Iraq. It is about time. Wartime presidents must speak periodically to the people and explain, again and again, where we are in the course of the war. They must explain what setbacks we have encountered and how we are working to overcome them. They must keep in view the ultimate goal of victory, and explain why achieving it is worthwhile -- what dangers we will escape and what kind of better world we will make.

Franklin Roosevelt did that during World War II with his fireside chats. The news was not always welcome: In one early speech, he explained why we would be driven out of the Philippines. And his address to the nation on D-Day was in a form that would arouse shrieking criticism if it came from Bush today: It was a prayer. But for the most part, Roosevelt did not have to deal with one problem Bush faces today. And that is that today's press works to put the worst possible face on the war.


Too many in the media want to defeat Bush more than they want to defeat the terrorist. Their rational can not be explained by actions Bush has taken as President. It is deeper. It is the hard bigotry of liberalism that has the arrogant belief that conservatives are not as smart as them; or that conservatives want to do bad things to the country.

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